Celebrate her: It’s International Day of the Girl

The UN celebrates contributions girls and young women make, and acknowledge that so many are not given equal chances in life.

  • Oct. 11, 2016 8:00 a.m.

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“Today we mark the International Day of the Girl, a day established by the United Nations to celebrate the extraordinary contributions that all girls and young women in Canada and worldwide make to their families, communities, and countries,” Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women said in a statement.

October 11 is also an important day to recognize that girls and young women still struggle in the face of poverty, violence, discrimination and oppression.

girlsOur country believes in equality, and that means that every girl deserves an equal chance to reach her full potential. We know that girls are engaged, connected and ready to work for change. Anything is possible with our support.

Let’s make International Day of the Girl a day of action at home and around the world to address persistent inequalities between girls and boys in all aspects of their lives. Now is the time to lend our voices to young women and girls who are leading the international grassroots movement in support of fair and equal opportunities for all girls.

By working together, we can transform girls’ despair into hope, and their dreams into reality. Let’s do it #Because of Her!”

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